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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Italian battleship Conte di Cavour - model from Wiking ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ⛴⛴⛴⚓⚓⚓

Conte di Cavour was the name ship of the three Conte di Cavour-class dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Italian Navy (Regia Marina) in the 1910s. Completed in 1915 she served during World War I, although she was little used and saw no combat. The ship supported operations during the Corfu Incident in 1923 and spent much of the rest of the decade in reserve. She was rebuilt between 1933 and 1937 with more powerful guns, additional armor and considerably more speed than before. During World War II, both Conte di Cavour and her sister ship, Giulio Cesare, participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940, where the latter was lightly damaged. Conte di Cavour was badly damaged when British torpedo bombers attacked the fleet at Taranto in November 1940. She was deliberately run aground, with most of her hull underwater, and repairs were not completed before the Italian armistice in September 1943. The ship was then captured by the Germans, but they made no effort to finish her repairs. She was damaged in an Allied air raid in early 1945 and capsized a week later. Conte di Cavour was eventually scrapped in 1946. ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ⛴⛴⛴⚓⚓⚓
This model of Italian battleship Conte di Cavour was produced by Wiking, a German manufacturer of scale models, in 1939.This 1;1250 model has rotating guns. 
Wiking Modellbau was founded in 1932 by Freidrich Karl Peltzer. Before and during World War II these models, made of lead based zamac, were used by the German military for training and tactical planning. They were usually marked "Wiking Modell" on their bases. The ships were accompanied by Modell-Hafen (Model Harbors) which were wood representations of piers, buildings and oil facilities to assist in attack training.

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